A fine large flambé-glazed bottle vase, Incised seal mark and period of Qianlong. Estimation 2,500,000 — 3,500,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s
of elegant pear-shaped form, supported on a slightly splayed foot, gently rising to a tall tubular neck, covered with a rich purplish-raspberry glaze feathered with milky-blue, draining from the rim leaving a cream coloured band, suffused overall with a network of fine glaze crackles, the base incised with a six-character seal mark; 46.4 cm., 18 1/4 in.
Notes: Vessels covered in this striking flambé glaze reflect the Qianlong Emperor’s fondness of the celebrated Song dynasty Jun wares. The Yongzheng Emperor (1722-1735) first commissioned the development of new glazes in imitation of Jun vessels and nine different types of revival Jun glazes, primarily made in the tones of purple, crimson and blue, are recorded in the 1732 edition of the Jiangxi Tongzhi [General Description of the Jiangxi Province], and discussed in S.W. Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, London, 1981, pp. 194-196. This glaze was perfected under Qianlong’s reign and a large number of vases covered in this highly attractive glaze was made after antique shapes, such as the present lot. For the possible Song prototype of this vase see a ‘Jun’ bottle vase of slightly smaller size, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated inChün Ware of the Sung Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1961, pl. 3a.
Qianlong reign-marked vases of this form and glaze are preserved in museum and private collections, including one in the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, illustrated in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pl. 345; another, in the Huaihaitang collection, included in the exhibition Ethereal Elegance, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2007, cat. no. 68. For an example sold at auction, see the example sold in these rooms, 27th April 1993, lot 84, and again, 8th April 2011, lot 3027.
Sotheby’s. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong | 08 oct. 2014, 03:00 PM